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Durham University News


Chris Moyes: the University pays tribute to a lost friend

(13 September 2006)

Chris Moyes

Vice-Chancellor Sir Kenneth Calman today led tributes to Mr Chris Moyes, chair of the University Council 2001-06, who died on Tuesday after a short illness.

He said Mr Moyes had been a dedicated supporter of the University. As a member of Council, then vice-chairman and eventually chairman, he served on the governing body for nearly 14 years. He helped the University to navigate a period of enormous change in terms of strategy, funding, student expansion, and in developing its relations with government, regional bodies and the business world.

Chris Moyes stood down as Group Chief Executive of the public transport company Go-Ahead Group plc, and resigned as chairman of the University Council, only very recently when he became seriously ill with a brain tumour.

Sir Kenneth said: “Chris Moyes was a friend to many people in the University whom he influenced and helped with his time and generosity. We will miss his advice and wise counsel and I learned much from him on how to do business. He was a wonderful chairman, charming but firm, open, a listener and a consensus builder. Our sympathy and grateful thanks go to his wife and all his family.”

Chris Moyes was widely known within the institution. Among individual groups and committees that Chris Moyes belonged to, he was a member of the Durham Business School governing body and also of the former Graduate Society where he presided over its transition to Ustinov College.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of Durham County Council and a fellow member of the University’s Governing Council said County Durham had “ lost one of its true leaders.”

“Not only was Chris a first rate business person, he also understood the importance of business in the community and in this light dedicated himself to helping Durham University with its development," he added.

" It was a pleasure to sit on the University's Council under Chris's chairmanship. His vision and foresight was obvious for all to see and his diplomacy and deftness of touch was masterful."

The funeral service is at Durham Cathedral at 2.00pm on 20 September followed by private burial. No flowers, at the family’s request, but donations (if desired) to St Cuthbert’s Hospice Durham c/o J Bardgett & Sons, Oakwood House, 571 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear NE4 9PQ

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